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« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2019, 12:03:08 PM »

Not if they sit in the boiling sun on the boat...  I get about 5 years before the handles come off. It's down hill from there.  Undecided

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« Reply #21 on: September 30, 2019, 01:08:35 PM »

How about those soft bottom baskets toilet
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« Reply #22 on: September 30, 2019, 01:11:51 PM »

Actually...

Salt water is a preservative for wood.  So if the baskets are rotting they are seeing excessive fresh water.  Look at wood boats, you almost never see any rot below the water line when they are kept in salt water.  Some of the old school guys used to use salt water wash down exclusively to get the salt into all the crevices of the boat as a preservative method.

I would take a guess that rotten bushel baskets are being left out in the rain, which will tend to flush the salt out of the wood and then they rot.  Rot is a fungus, all you have to do is keep the fungus out, or kill it and there will be no rot.

Or I'll just stick with the plastic baskets, which have always served me well and not killed my crabs. Wet burlap on top is all I've ever needed. But as D said, I probably would not want them in a walk-in cooler. But all day on my boat in plastic baskets, and on occasional rides home to PA when the crabs aren't put in the cooler, also plastic mind you, all my crabs usually ALL make it home in tact.
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« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2019, 01:17:14 PM »

Not if they sit in the boiling sun on the boat...  I get about 5 years before the handles come off. It's down hill from there.  Undecided

I'm going on 15 years with mine with no end in sight, unless they blow out of my boat. I never have to worry, when dipping my crabs, if "this is the time" the wooden bottom will give out.
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« Reply #24 on: September 30, 2019, 01:20:44 PM »

How about those soft bottom baskets toilet

Slats are too close together and the bottom isn't strong enough.  Crabs tend to die in them quickly.  They are fruit/veggie baskets
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« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2019, 01:23:53 PM »

I'm going on 15 years with mine with no end in sight, unless they blow out of my boat. I never have to worry, when dipping my crabs, if "this is the time" the wooden bottom will give out.

Shouldn't dip your crabs anyway.  They spend a lot of time and effort to expel the water out of their lungs when they are in your boat and repeated dipping will kill them. 
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« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2019, 02:07:59 PM »

I use the live well on my boat.  I set it up for continuous flow so they get plenty of oxygen.  I will usually drain it at the halfway point to make sure I get a full water change, but in theory that isn't necessary.  When I get to the dock they go into the cooler with ice blocks frozen in containers, melted ice stays in the container so the cooler stays dry.  Works well and I haven't had any dead loss yet.

System is only good for a rec, but I like it.
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« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2019, 08:17:48 PM »

I'm going on 15 years with mine with no end in sight, unless they blow out of my boat. I never have to worry, when dipping my crabs, if "this is the time" the wooden bottom will give out.
So what's that?  60 hours in the Sun?  Cheesy Grin
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